Monday, December 24, 2007

Best to All of You Eh

Today in Music History:

In 1977, The Sex Pistols played their last ever UK gig, (until 1996), before splitting, at Ivanhoes in Huddersfield. It was a charity performance before an audience of mainly children.

I guess it was inevitable, christmas and the end of the year and stuff. Homercat is flying out to Alberta for the holidays, specifically the Lethbridge area. So if I have any fans out there, homercat could be available for autographs at that water tower restaurant thingy they have there if the masses decried that I must. Since I doubt that will happen, I must say that I will be out of commission until the new year. I wish the best for all of you who stop by here and stress to you all stay safe and if you're going to party like the homercat, then take a taxi, get a designated driver, ride the bus, but don't drive drunk eh. Not a cool thing to do.

As I prepare for my trip I feel it is only fitting to feature a song by a poet spirit that left us recently and is quite fitting for the end of the year. Wealth and fame, platinum records and sold-out concerts, a musician’s ear for beauty — none of it could protect him from the prostate cancer that stalked him the last three years of his life. I speak of Dan Fogelberg, his songs weren’t the kind that got heavy radio play. “Too soft,” said his critics. Too introspective. Not commercial enough. Which is exactly why his fans love him.

That, and the poetry of his lyrics.

He was the son of a high school band teacher and a classically-trained pianist who sang opera. As a teenager, he sat on a river bluff, playing Gordon Lightfoot songs on the guitar. He listed Mozart and the Beatles as some of his musical influences. My own father knew Dan's father, who he says was a great man. As was his son.

Dan, I don't care what anyone says, I loved your stuff.

Same Old Lang Syne by Dan Fogelberg

Until next year folks, I will be in Alberta as we all celebrate another Trip around the Sun.

Trip Around the Sun by Jimmy Buffett

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Homercat Presents: the best Christmas CD Ever

Today in Music History:

In 1971, Jerry Lee Lewis and his wife Myra who he married when she was 13 divorced, as he prepared to marry 29-year old Karen Elizabeth Gunn Pate.

homercat christmas musicWhen my alarm went off this morning my local radio DJ said something like only seven days till Christmas, and my mind went holy crap where in heck did this month go. To be honest with everyone I am sick and tired of having this holiday crammed down my throat at every turn. Let's face it, people go absolutely apeshit insane this time of year. You know what I'm talkin' about. So this will be my last christmas related post of the year.

What I mean to say is that Homercat has once again made a compilation CD that beats the heck out of any other christmas album you may have in your collection. This is the one folks. Also it's an amazing christmas party disc. Be forewarned though, there are a couple tracks that are not for the young chilluns ears. So I suggest that if you will be playing this comp around the kiddies, you should leave two of the tracks off of your disc. Other wise this is the best Christmas CD ever made gosh durnit! I hope you all enjoy this prezzie that I've compiled for all my loyal readers. Some of you may have a couple of these tracks already but you need the rest for your Christmas to be complete. I personally suggest burning the disc in the order that I have listed as it seems to flow well. I did insert a couple extra in case you leave off the "adult" songs. Whatever the case enjoy the music and if you like some of these samples then hunt down the albums, purchase them and make them a part of your permanent collection.


1. Mojo Nixon & The Toadliquors - 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (6:30)
2. Barenaked Ladies - Green Christmas (2:34)
3. Brenda Lee - Papa Noel (2:28)
4. Burl Ives - We Are Santa's Elves (1:38)
5. Twisted Sister - I'll Be Home For Christmas (Featuring Lita Ford) (4:08)
6. C3PO & R2D2 - What Can You Get A Wookie For Christmas (When He Already Owns A Comb?) (3:23)
7. Bob and Doug McKenzie - Twelve Days of Christmas (4:45)
8. Billy Idol - Here Comes Santa Claus (2:01)
9. Jimmy Buffett - Mele Kalikimaka (2:58)
10. The Three Stooges - I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas (2:21)
11. Mitch Miller & The Gang - Must Be Santa (2:43)
12. Billy Idol - Yellin' At The Xmas Tree (4:14)
13. The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping (5:27)
14. Sarah McLachlan - Song for a Winter's Night (3:48)
15. Joan Jett And The Blackhearts - Little Drummer Boy (4:17)
16. Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas? (3:53)
17. Weird Al Yankovic - The Night Santa Went Crazy (Extra Gory Version) (4:01)
18. Barenaked Ladies - Christmastime (Oh Yeah) (2:16)
19. Ramones - Merry Christmas (I Don't Want (2:05)
20. Angel - The Christmas Song (4:02)
21. José Feliciano - Feliz Navidad (3:03)
22. Foghat - All I Want For Christmas Is You (3:45)
23. Mojo Nixon & The Toadliquors - It's Christmas Time (3:33)
24. Norman Brown - Charlie Brown Christmas (3:05)

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007


Today in Music History:

In 1998, during a gig in Tuscon, Arizona, a bottle thrown from the audience hit Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson. A security guard was then stabbed trying to eject a man from the crowd.
999 are an English punk band which formed in London in 1976. They are also one of the longest-lived groups of the English punk era. In the beginning they went through numerous name changes - the Dials, Fanatics and 48 Hours - until finally settling on 999. They released the single I'm Alive on their own LaBritain record label, which sold around 10,000 copies. On the basis of this, United Artists signed them up and 999 went on a great singles run including Emergency, Nasty Nasty, Homicide and re-releasing I'm Alive.

From their instantly recognizable logo of the raffle ticket with the number 999 on it, to the instantly recognizable stream of pure pop punk classics and their high energy live act, 999 are one of punks true classic bands and guaranteed to get a crowd moving. They are still around, releasing albums and playing gigs and homercat say that if don't own one 999 album then you don't know what you're missing.

Titanic (My Over) Reaction
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English Wipe Out
The Biggest Prize in Sport
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So Greedy
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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Power Pop Kicks Butt!

Today in Music History:

In 1978, Sex Pistol Sid Vicious smashed a glass in the face of Patti Smith's brother Todd Smith during a fight at the New York City club Hurrah.

Homercat goes power popIf one peruses the archives for Good Rockin', one gets the sense that homercat likey all kinds of music, which he does. For the most part I lean towards the harder rock as my faves. Without a doubt my favorite genre of music is Power Pop. You just can not beat a rip roaring, kick ass power pop song. I dare say that almost every rock act has leaned toward a power pop song sometime in their career.

Power Pop is loosely defined as music that typically incorporates a combination of musical devices such as strong melodies, crisp vocal harmonies, sparse arrangements, and killer guitar riffs. Solos are usually kept to a minimum, and blues elements are largely downplayed. Recordings tend to display production values that lean toward compression and a forceful drum beat. Instruments usually include one or more guitars, bass guitar, a drum kit, and occasionally an electric keyboard.

Allegedly Pete Townshend coined the phrase power pop in an interview from 1967, saying that "power pop is what we play." However, four years before the term "power pop" was coined, The Beatles were already recording a series of influential hits that some have retroactively classified as power pop, including "From Me to You", "She Loves You", "I Want to Hold Your Hand", and "Can't Buy Me Love". Probably the most influential of all the early-to-mid 1970s "pre" power pop-era groups was Big Star, who released two unsuccessful albums and spent years languishing in cult status.

An example of some good power pop tunes are the following tunes. No Matter What" (1970), The Raspberries' "Go All The Way" (1972), The Cars' "Just What I Needed", The Knack's "My Sharona" (1979), Cheap Trick's "I Want You To Want Me" (1979), Rick Springfield's "Jessie's Girl" (1981), Tommy Tutone's "867-5309/Jenny" (1982), and Weezer's "Buddy Holly" (1994) are but a smidgen of what power pop is about. One thing you can count on, a good power pop tune will get every single person at a party up and dancing when it comes on. I know in my short list I have neglected a lot of great power pop artists and someone might be tempted to say, Hey what about so and so? Hey I just didn't have room or time to list all the great ones. My personal all time favorite band happens to be Cheap Trick who just happen to be power pop virtuoso's. Rick Nielsen is a genius. So anyways if you somehow missed the power pop boat I'll sample up a few of my favorite anthems. And if'n you want to, let the cat know who your fave power pop group is. Long Live Power Pop!

Baby Loves to Rock by Cheap Trick-Sheer perfection in action.
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Joe Strummer by Cowboy Mouth -"I had to let her go because she didn't know who Joe Strummer was" One of the best lines ever.
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Come and Get It by Badfinger -Modern power pop gained momentum in 1970 with recordings by Badfinger (although at this time, the musical style was not yet classified as power pop).
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Money Honey by the Bay City Rollers -Falsely accused by many as bubblegum rock. Nope pure power pop here.
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Love Me to the Max by the Romantics -These guys knew what power pop was all about.
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Roxy Roller by Sweeney Todd -Had to throw in a Canadian classic.
Good luck trying to find it

Funny Toon

Monday, December 03, 2007

Christmas Overboard

Today in Music History:

In 1971, The Montreux Casino in Switzerland burnt to the ground during a gig by Frank Zappa, Deep Purple who were recording an album there at the time write the classic 'Smoke On The Water.' about the event
Horny Holidays
Homercat woke up one day this weekend and holy smokes it was December. Already with a plate full of stuff to do including the first Christmas party of the season. Where in heck did time go and is anybody else tired of all the Christmas advertising that is attacking us en masse all of a sudden. Some of the Wal Mart ads pretty much boil down to saying that the only way your life will be better is if you buy more. I think I will not watch anymore TV during December. I don't watch much anyway, but it's really gone way overboard. For the most part this year I will be making my Christmas gifts as I am so fed up with this buy, buy, buy mentality. Not to say that I'm a Scroogey McScrooge. Our place was one of the first on our street to have their lights and decorations up. I just don't like all these marketing campaigns that tell us to go deep in debt and buy more stuff or you're nothing but crap.

So I had to get that out of my system. Homercat won't be posting much in the way of Christmas tunes this year, but it is a tradition at Good Rockin' to put up the best Christmas song ever, once December rolls around. So if you've been a reader for a while you already know what I'm talking about and have the song. So I will put up a couple more and for those that already have the Mojo tune. Because I'm really not a grinch. Also is anyone else on blogger having issues with their posted pics, or is it just me.

It's Christmas Time by Mojo Nixon and the Toadliqours
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O Come All Ye Faithful by Twisted Sister
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Song For a Winter's Night by Sarah McLachlan
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Silent Night by Richard Cheese
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